Stephen Willats

Contemporary Programme

Exchanges, September 2018


In Relationship To Another, 2004

24 March 2018 - April 2019
The Whitworth
Oxford Road
Manchester M15 6ER

The Value of Freedom, September 2018

The Value of Freedom

Conflict of Identities 1979 - Panel 1

18th September 2018 - 10th Feb 2019 
Curated by Gabrielle Berlin and Dünser Severin
Belvedere 21
Museum of Contemporary Art
Arsenalstrasse 1
1030 Vienna

Fashioned From Nature, September 2018

Fashioned From Nature

Variable Sheets, 1965

To 27th January 2019
Victoria and Albert Museum

Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, September 2018

Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

Human Right 2017, installation at Cleveland Triennial

14th July - 30th September
Transformer Station
1460 W 29th Street

Do I Have to Draw You a Picture?, September 2018

Do I Have to Draw You a Picture?

Building Series No 11

16th June - 7th October
Heong Gallery
Downing College

Control: Publishing as Cybernetic Practice, September 2018

Control: Publishing as Cybernetic Practice

Stephen Willats interview by Sarah Hamerman, in Avant:



Wall Print, September 2018

Wall Print

1980 Wall Print

27cm wide x 30cm high.
Media:- Letterpress block on cloth paper with Letraline applied by hand.
Edition of 150 prints.
To purchase contact:

At the end of the 1970’s Stephen Willats was working in the Märkisches Viertel in Berlin when he noticed the drawings made by children on the walls of the tower block in which they lived. The drawings were territorial, in that the children of each housing block made the drawings at the base of their own block, depicting a life which seemed to be in stark contrast to the modernist reality of their surroundings.
The Berlin Wall ran past the end of these housing blocks and Willats noticed that one of the children had drawn a small house on one of the walls.  It struck him that the drawing represented an archetypal family house with smoke coming out of the chimney as opposed to the reality of their tower block apartment, and he subsequently photographed the position of the drawing as seen through the concrete columns beneath the housing block where he was working and then he took another photograph closer up.   In Wall Print, the black line made by Stephen Willats connects the children's dream with the actual reality.

Night Portraits Limited Edition, September 2018

Night Portraits Limited Edition

Night Portraits, 1983

A limited edition of 24 images specially made for the exhibition: Inside the Night at Galerie Balice Hertling Paris and available from the Galerie
Galerie Balice Hertling
47 Rue Ramponeau
75020 Paris
Tel: +33(0)1 40 334726

Control Magazine Issue 20, September 2018

Control Magazine Issue 20

New issue of Control Magazine edited by Stephen Willats.
Contributors:  Eliana Otta, Bedfellows, Francisco Camacho Herrera, Radio Anti, Merlin Carpenter, Stephen Willats, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst
£15 + £3 postage
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Vision and Reality, September 2018

Vision and Reality

Vision and Reality
Stephen Willats
Uniform Books
This Book presents a wide selection of interviews and photographs from the collaborations between Willats and residents in the many housing estate projects he makes.  The first-hand observations and individual opinions record a variety of attitudes and perceptions towards the physical reality of their surroundings
Available at £18 from:


Artwork As Social Model, September 2018

This manual, which includes texts, interviews and artwork from five decades of practice, is intended as a tool for any artist or practitioner looking to find a meaningful relationship with contemporary society. It proclaims, and argues for, a culture that promotes the fluid, transient, relative and complex society from which it stems.
This book is available from Cornerhouse Books at £18

Street Talk Amsterdam, September 2018

A new publication by Stephen Willats, published by Occasional Papers

The Artist As An Instigator Of Changes In Social Cognition And Behaviour - Stephen Willats, September 2018

The Artist As An Instigator Of Changes In Social Cognition And Behaviour, was originally published in 1973 by Gallery House Press and long out of print, the text includes rigorous analyses of social forms of artistic production and descriptions of a number of projects by the artist.
This new edition by Occasional Papers features numerous additional images and a new introduction by Willats.
96 pages with illustrations
13 x 21cm
Distributed by Central Books and Motto

Stephen Willats Art Society Feedback, September 2018

Stephen Willats Art Society Feedback
Texts by Andrew Wilson, Tom Holert, Brigitte Franzen, Ute Meta Bauer, Emily Pethick, Anja Casser, Philipp Ziegler
This publication is the first retrospective and comprehensive compilation of works and writings by Stephen Willats. The first section contains numerous illustrations of works by Willats, including a number not previously published, and text contributions from authors who have been closely involved with the artist for many years. The second section collects important writings by Stephen Willats from his archive, which have been transcribed for the first time and now presented in combination with black-and-white illustrations. This section opens up new and until now unpublished insights into the text works of the artist. Published to accompany the exhibition at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, 23 September – 21 November 2010
Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
£48.00 ISBN 978-3-86984-124-3 softback
432 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
270 x 210 mm 
English and German text
Available  through Cornerhouse Distribution Service and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Publications by Stephen Willats, September 2018

Several publications by Stephen Willats are available for purchase from the Control Magazine website.
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and at the ICA Bookshop, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH.  Tel: 020 7930 0493


Control Magazine, September 2018

Stephen Willats has been editing Control Magazine since 1965 - see the Control Magazine website:
To go direct to the Order page on the site to purchase the recent issue, No: 18 and/or selected back issues: